How to Reheat Chow Mein?

August 22, 2023

So, what is chow mein? It’s a simple stir-fried noodle made in an exquisite vegetable broth. The juices ooze into each noodle and make each bite extraordinary. I know all of you noodle lovers are already drooling. Just in case you ever felt like you had too much chow mein, you can save some for the next day! Not only can you reheat it and enjoy it again, but you can spruce it yourself! This makes it an awesome Chinese takeout food that you can enjoy whenever you feel like it. Just ensure that you store it properly.

Aside from that, keep in mind that the taste may not be as inviting as before since it’s been stored in a refrigerator. However, if you can get around that, you can expect an amazing snack for later. So just follow this guide if you want to learn how to properly reheat your chow mein.

Is it safe to reheat chow mein?

It depends on how you store it. In some cases, you may not have stored the broth properly leading to it going bad fast. Because of this, it’s no longer safe to eat the next day. Furthermore, your noodles may lose their thickness the next day in case you didn’t properly reheat or store them. Aside from that don’t expect your noodles to be as inviting as before. This is probably since its lost most of its flavor overnight. To give it a boost of flavor, simply throw in some spices to revive its taste. 

Also, keep this in mind. Always store your broth and noodles separately so that it isn’t soggy the next morning. Thereafter, just make sure that you follow this guide thoroughly to get the best results. 

What is the best way to reheat chow mein?

I feel as if reheating chow mein on a stove is the best. Not only is it easy to adjust the heat levels, but it’s also easy to keep an eye on it. This makes it easier to ensure that your chow mein isn’t overcooked or undercooked. Not to mention that you can easily add in whatever spices you want to give it a boost of flavor. Aside from that, it’s an efficient way of reheating your chow mein since most of it is equally reheated. 

Here’s a small tip, make sure that you toss your pan a bit. This overturns the juices onto the dry bits of the noodles. As a result of this your noodle’s flavor increases, exponentially.

Before jump in to the methods, I suggest you to read complete guide on how to reheat lo mein.

Best way to reheat chow mein

How to reheat chow mein in a microwave?

This has got to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to reheat your noodles. All you must do is leave it to heat in your microwave for around 1-2 minutes. This method is super convenient and needs little to no effort. Normally, I would reheat my chow mein in a microwave too whenever I’m feeling lazy. So, if you want to reheat your chow mein in a microwave, just follow these steps:

  1. Proceed to transfer your chow mein into a microwave-safe bowl. Seal it with a lid to keep the moisture in.
  2. Add a small amount of water into the container to keep your chow mein from drying out.
  3. Thereafter leave your chow mein to cook on high power for 1-2 minutes.
  4. In case your chow mein isn’t hot enough, let it cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir it around to spread the heat out evenly.
  5. As soon as you feel that your chow mein is done, take it out and enjoy!

How long does it take to reheat chow mein in a microwave?

Normally it would take around 1-2 minutes to reheat in a microwave. In case it doesn’t heat within that small period. Leave it in there for an additional 30 seconds. This normally does the trick.

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How to reheat chow mein in an air fryer?

I would say that this is one of the more unique ways of reheating chow mein. This gives it a very interesting flavor that might taste a little off. Then again, it makes it hot and enjoyable again. I wouldn’t do this since it normally leads to a nasty mess that takes a lot of effort to clean. So, I simply make sure that I heat my broth and noodles together. In case you wanted to reheat your chow mein in an air fryer, follow these steps:

  1. First, preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place your chow mein onto the air frying basket and spread it evenly.
  3. You can reheat your broth separately in an air fryer-safe container.
  4. Thereafter leave your chow mein to cook for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Check on your air frying basket occasionally to shake it around a bit. In case your chow mein isn’t hot enough leave it to cook for a minute or two more.
  6. Once you feel as if your chow mein is done, take it out.
  7. Let it cool for a minute. Then serve and enjoy after!

Keep in mind that the heating times vary depending on the amount of chow mein you have in the frying basket. 

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How to reheat chow mein on a stove?

This is the most traditional way to reheat your chow mein. It’s both safe and easy to do so! Just make sure that you don’t overcook it or else you might get a burnt taste. Aside from that it evenly heats your noodles all around. Just follow these steps to get some extraordinary results:

  1. Heat a small nonstick pan over your stove at medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil to make it easier to reheat your noodles.
  2. Proceed to add your chow mein onto the pan. Leave it to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Thereafter, add your broth to the pan to make your noodles juicy!
  4. In case you want to spruce the flavor up a bit. Add some soy sauce or other seasonings.
  5. Once your chow mein is done cooking, take it out and serve it immediately.

If you feel that your noodles are a bit dry, add some water to your broth to make it a little moister.

How to reheat chow mein on a grill?

Feeling adventurous? Then go ahead and reheat your noodles on a grill! This gives it a super smoky flavor and gives your chow mein a western touch. Not only does it cook fast, but it also makes your noodles crispy. However, this method is a bit tricky since you might lose some of your chow mein in the process. Most of it might fall through the grill, burning it and making it inedible. Just follow these steps if you want to avoid any of these issues:

  1. Proceed to heat a grill pan over your grill at medium-high heat.
  2. Thereafter, you can add a bit of olive oil to your pan. Add your chow mein onto it afterward.
  3. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes while stirring it around occasionally.
  4. Once it s done, serve it immediately.

One more thing, if you are truly enthusiast about ramen, I suggest you to read complete guide on reheating ramen.

How to reheat chow mein in an oven?

This is another quick and easy method to reheat your chow mein. It quickly heats your noodles and does so in a little amount of time. Aside from that you can add a bit of butter to your dish to give it a crispy and greasy texture. Just ensure that you follow the proper steps or else it might get a bit too toasty:

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Proceed to place your chow mein into an oven-safe dish or a baking sheet.
  3. Cover it up with a sheet of foil to evenly spread the heat out.
  4. Leave it to cook for around 10-15 minutes.
  5. If you want to check on how well done your chow mein is. Just occasionally take a bite to see if its texture is right. If it isn’t, spread it out and leave it to cook for another minute or two.
  6. As soon as you feel that your chow mein is done, serve it hot and enjoy!

Ensure that your chow mein has been stored in a refrigerator for a maximum of 3-4 days. 

Average Time and Temperature for Preheating Chow Mein

Method Temperature Time 
MicrowaveHigh Power 1-2 minutes
Air fryer 350°F (175°C)5-7 minutes
Stove Medium heat2-3 minutes
GrillMedium high heat3-4 minutes
Oven 350°F (175°C)10-15 minutes

Before jump in to the methods, I suggest you to read complete guide on how to reheat pho.

How to reheat chow mein in stove


Can you eat leftover chow mein?

Of course, you can, just make sure you follow the proper steps to reheat and store it.

How to reheat pandas express chow mein?

It’s the same as reheating regular chow mein. Simply follow one of the previously mentioned steps and then proceed to serve it hot! Also, ensure that you don’t leave your chow mein out in the open for too long.

How to reheat beef chow mein in a microwave?

This may be a bit tricky since the meat takes time to reheat. Simply follow the same steps to reheat your chow mein in a microwave as before but ensure that it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).


So as a conclusion to reheating chow mein. Just know that it’s an easy and fun way of enjoying some of your leftover chow mein for another day. Always keep in mind that you must properly reheat and store your chow mein to avoid any kind of food poisoning.

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